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01-27-2016, 04:09 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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New Zealand - FA20, K28/2, FA31, FA43 and FA50/1.7

I have just returned from a cruise holiday around New Zealand and all I can say is wow. What a holiday.

The highlight, photographically speaking, is Milford Sound. I must have snapped 500+ shots with multiple lenses. Here are some of the shots with some of the lenses used. They have been photoshopped from RAW images.


FA43/1.9


K28/2


FA31/1.8


K28/2


FA50/1.7


FA20/2.8

They all exhibited pixie dust on that day, but, I have to say, the K28/2 was sublime (much better than the FA31/1.9).

Enjoy (and more to come as I move through the mountain of photos taken.

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On my first and only visit across the ditch, I would exclaim aloud WOW! almost every time another bend in the road brought a new vista in to view. Eventually I used up my quota of WOW!s and had to return home. Since then I have advised everyone I meet who is intending to visit nu zullund not to use the word WOW until they get there, don't use them before they need them.

Milford was definitely a highlight. Thanks for the memories
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Funny, but for mine the FA31 and FA20 shots push my buttons the hardest.
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The FA20/2.8 shot is rather special - the colours are very accurate and perhaps a little more punchy that reality.

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I agree. The FA20 should have the Grand Prize in this set.
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Thanks for posting these. A truly sensational place, with more waterfalls that you can poke a stick at. I want to go back.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
I have just returned from a cruise holiday around New Zealand and all I can say is wow. What a holiday.
Thanks for sharing the images. I am pleased the holiday went well

Milford Sound is a fantastic place.

I really like the FA20 image.

That image is also really helpful to me, as I have been mooting looking for a FA20 for my landscapes - it is really useful to see some output from one here in NZ.

Cheers

Ross

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Great set of images! I was lucky enough to visit NZ back in '92, but was limited to the North Island (Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo). Still, there was amazing scenery at every turn. Need to go back again! Thanks for sharing.

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That image is also really helpful to me, as I have been mooting looking for a FA20 for my landscapes
I'll post some more when i get around to organising myself. Yes, the FA20 was a stellar performer on the trip and I used it often. Note - I did use a CPL filter on everything so please bear that in mind. Also, when FF comes out this will be a much wider angle of view with current FOV similar to a 28mm on FF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
I'll post some more when i get around to organising myself. Yes, the FA20 was a stellar performer on the trip and I used it often.
Cheers, that is really useful to know. I will look forward to seeing the additional images
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North or South, you can't go wrong for natural beauty.
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Very interesting (and inspiring) images. [In my next life, I~will~ get to NZ - ;lol; .]

I ws pleased with how fellow copies of a couple of my own lenses (the K 28/2 and the FA 20/2.8) performed.

I do have a sort of OT question: I just looked at a couple of maps showing the Sound, but I can't orient myself within those images -- are they "looking into" the sound from open water, or are they "looking around" from within the Sound, or...?

Thanks for sharing, Mark.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
Note - I did use a CPL filter on everything so please bear that in mind.
Just curious -- did you also use hoods "on everything"?
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Just curious -- did you also use hoods "on everything"?
With the exception of the FA20/2.8 the answer is yes. I found the hood unnecessary for the 20mm possibly because the CPL filter was a really good one.

All the photos shown were taken within the sound. Most facing west from the village or on route away from the village. I was about 6 storeys above the waters surface if that influences the way you interpret my shooting perspective at the time.

More photos to come tonight
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Some more images outside Milford Sound



Russell (Bay of Islands) taken with A28/2



Geyser at Rotorua taken with FA20/2.8



Mario kitchen at Rotorua F20/2.8



Picton harbour FA20/2.8



Kiwi fruit farm K30/2.8



Mauri ceremonial shed at Waitangi treaty grounds Sigma 17-50/2.8



NZ Fur Seal at Otago Peninsular Sigma 8-16mm



Beach outlook at Napier K30/2.8



Sky tower at Auckland FA20/2.8



David Bowie dies RIP - cafe in Auckland A28/2
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